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While the southern part of Illinois is at greater risk from two major seismic zones, earthquakes and their effects can occur without warning in our area, making damage and injuries possible.

If you feel the ground and/or building shaking or swaying:

  • Drop to the ground.
  • Cover yourself under a sturdy desk or table, protecting your body as much as possible, especially your head and neck. Stay away from windows. Move to an inside corner or interior wall if possible. Maintain a crawling position to protect your vital organs, and be ready to move if necessary.
  • Hold on to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

Do not move to another location or outside: You are more likely to be injured if you try to move around during strong shaking, and an initial jolt may be the start of a larger one. Always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

If you are in a wheelchair: Lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Always protect your head and neck with your arms, a book or whatever is available.

If you are outdoors: Move to a clear area if safe to do so, avoiding power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles and other hazards.

When the shaking stops and it is safe, move slowly and carefully as there may still be aftershocks and falling debris, or broken glass and fallen items blocking your exit.